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Open Spaces Strategy

3.7 Enable Open Space

Representation ID: 1203

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We strongly support the commitment to ensure that new, good quality open spaces are planned for and delivered in a timely way to meet the current and future health and recreational needs of the community they serve as outlined in paragraph 3.4.1. We are encouraged by the recognition in paragraph 3.5.1 that accessible greenspace is beneficial to wildlife as well as communities by providing valuable wildlife habitat. The proposal to ensure that new greenspace is integrated with existing greenspace to provide a coherent network of green infrastructure is also very welcome (paragraph 3.7.2).

Full text:

Planning Consultation: Harborough District Council Draft Open Spaces Strategy
Thank you for your consultation on the above document which was received by Natural England on 7 August 2015.
Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development.
Natural England welcomes Harborough District Council's initiative to update its Open Spaces Strategy. We also welcome the opportunity to comment on the draft before it is finalised and published. Our comments on specific aspects of the draft strategy are added below.
Chapter 3 - What the Open Spaces Strategy will do
We support the commitment in paragraph 3.3.1 to prevent the loss of open space sites and prevent the loss of access to open space for recreation. We strongly support the commitment to ensure that new, good quality open spaces are planned for and delivered in a timely way to meet the current and future health and recreational needs of the community they serve as outlined in paragraph 3.4.1. We are encouraged by the recognition in paragraph 3.5.1 that accessible greenspace is beneficial to wildlife as well as communities by providing valuable wildlife habitat. The proposal to ensure that new greenspace is integrated with existing greenspace to provide a coherent network of green infrastructure is also very welcome (paragraph 3.7.2).
Chapter 5 - Strategy Vision
As indicated in our previous consultation response of 7 April, we support the Strategy Vision, particularly aims 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 as listed below:
Aim 1 - To provide and maintain appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations;
Aim 2 - Conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected;
Aim 3 - To ensure open spaces are safe and litter free;
Aim 4 - Voluntary groups are supported to use and manage open spaces;
Aim 7 - Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people.
Chapter 6 - The Benefits of Open Space
We welcome the inclusion of this chapter explaining the benefits of open spaces for the community and also their wider benefits as listed in paragraph 6.4. It helps to clarify why the open spaces strategy is necessary and supports Natural England's findings on accessible natural greenspace as set out below:
Page 2 of 3
Accessible Natural Greenspace Standard (ANGSt)
Natural greenspaces are important to our quality of life, providing a wide range of benefits for people and the environment. Evidence shows that access to natural greenspaces for fresh air, exercise and quiet contemplation, has benefits for both physical and mental health. Research provides good evidence of reductions in levels of heart disease, obesity and depression where people live close to greenspaces.
In addition to their potential ecological value, greenspaces also help us adapt to changes in climate through their role in reducing the risk of flooding and by cooling the local environment. Where trees are present they also act as filters for air pollution.
Natural England has published information on access to good quality natural greenspace "Nature Nearby: Accessible Natural Greenspace Guidance" to help make this a reality. It describes the amount, quality and level of visitor services that may be required. ANGS standards indicate that everyone, wherever they live, should have accessible natural greenspace:
 of at least 2 hectares in size, no more than 300 metres (5 minutes' walk) from home;
 at least one accessible 20 hectare site within two kilometres of home;
 one accessible 100 hectare site within five kilometres of home; and
 one accessible 500 hectare site within ten kilometres of home; plus
 a minimum of one hectare of statutory Local Nature Reserves per thousand population.
Chapter 7 - Harborough District: Spatial Portrait and Open Space
We welcome the section on Biodiversity and the reference to nature conservation sites including Tilton Cutting Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in paragraph 7.7.1. We also welcome the reference to the impacts of road traffic on climate change and air quality and the mitigating effects which accessible natural greenspace can have.
Chapter 8 - Current provision of Open Space in Harborough District
We strongly support the concept of Green Corridors or Greenways as defined in this chapter. We welcome the commitment to open space provision as an integral part of any new development, largely in proportion to the size of the development.
Chapter 15 - Aim 1. The provision and maintenance of appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations
We welcome the importance attached to green infrastructure provision in the following statement from paragraph 15.2 - "Green infrastructure can also serve as a green lung, a wildlife corridor to allow access to nature. It can provide a safe route to work and landscape buffers create attractive, vibrant and liveable communities".
Chapter 16 - Aim 2. The natural environment, conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected
We welcome the commitment to the provision and maintenance of green infrastructure for the benefit of wildlife and local communities as set out in the principles of this chapter as well as the recognition of the importance of designated nature conservation sites and biodiversity.
Chapter 21 - Aim 7. Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people
We strongly support the scope and content of this chapter in promoting the maintenance and use of greenspace for the health and wellbeing of the community.

Comment

Open Spaces Strategy

Chapter 5: Strategy Vision

Representation ID: 1204

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

As indicated in our previous consultation response of 7 April, we support the Strategy Vision, particularly aims 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 as listed below:
Aim 1 - To provide and maintain appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations;
Aim 2 - Conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected;
Aim 3 - To ensure open spaces are safe and litter free;
Aim 4 - Voluntary groups are supported to use and manage open spaces;
Aim 7 - Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people.

Full text:

Planning Consultation: Harborough District Council Draft Open Spaces Strategy
Thank you for your consultation on the above document which was received by Natural England on 7 August 2015.
Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development.
Natural England welcomes Harborough District Council's initiative to update its Open Spaces Strategy. We also welcome the opportunity to comment on the draft before it is finalised and published. Our comments on specific aspects of the draft strategy are added below.
Chapter 3 - What the Open Spaces Strategy will do
We support the commitment in paragraph 3.3.1 to prevent the loss of open space sites and prevent the loss of access to open space for recreation. We strongly support the commitment to ensure that new, good quality open spaces are planned for and delivered in a timely way to meet the current and future health and recreational needs of the community they serve as outlined in paragraph 3.4.1. We are encouraged by the recognition in paragraph 3.5.1 that accessible greenspace is beneficial to wildlife as well as communities by providing valuable wildlife habitat. The proposal to ensure that new greenspace is integrated with existing greenspace to provide a coherent network of green infrastructure is also very welcome (paragraph 3.7.2).
Chapter 5 - Strategy Vision
As indicated in our previous consultation response of 7 April, we support the Strategy Vision, particularly aims 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 as listed below:
Aim 1 - To provide and maintain appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations;
Aim 2 - Conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected;
Aim 3 - To ensure open spaces are safe and litter free;
Aim 4 - Voluntary groups are supported to use and manage open spaces;
Aim 7 - Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people.
Chapter 6 - The Benefits of Open Space
We welcome the inclusion of this chapter explaining the benefits of open spaces for the community and also their wider benefits as listed in paragraph 6.4. It helps to clarify why the open spaces strategy is necessary and supports Natural England's findings on accessible natural greenspace as set out below:
Page 2 of 3
Accessible Natural Greenspace Standard (ANGSt)
Natural greenspaces are important to our quality of life, providing a wide range of benefits for people and the environment. Evidence shows that access to natural greenspaces for fresh air, exercise and quiet contemplation, has benefits for both physical and mental health. Research provides good evidence of reductions in levels of heart disease, obesity and depression where people live close to greenspaces.
In addition to their potential ecological value, greenspaces also help us adapt to changes in climate through their role in reducing the risk of flooding and by cooling the local environment. Where trees are present they also act as filters for air pollution.
Natural England has published information on access to good quality natural greenspace "Nature Nearby: Accessible Natural Greenspace Guidance" to help make this a reality. It describes the amount, quality and level of visitor services that may be required. ANGS standards indicate that everyone, wherever they live, should have accessible natural greenspace:
 of at least 2 hectares in size, no more than 300 metres (5 minutes' walk) from home;
 at least one accessible 20 hectare site within two kilometres of home;
 one accessible 100 hectare site within five kilometres of home; and
 one accessible 500 hectare site within ten kilometres of home; plus
 a minimum of one hectare of statutory Local Nature Reserves per thousand population.
Chapter 7 - Harborough District: Spatial Portrait and Open Space
We welcome the section on Biodiversity and the reference to nature conservation sites including Tilton Cutting Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in paragraph 7.7.1. We also welcome the reference to the impacts of road traffic on climate change and air quality and the mitigating effects which accessible natural greenspace can have.
Chapter 8 - Current provision of Open Space in Harborough District
We strongly support the concept of Green Corridors or Greenways as defined in this chapter. We welcome the commitment to open space provision as an integral part of any new development, largely in proportion to the size of the development.
Chapter 15 - Aim 1. The provision and maintenance of appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations
We welcome the importance attached to green infrastructure provision in the following statement from paragraph 15.2 - "Green infrastructure can also serve as a green lung, a wildlife corridor to allow access to nature. It can provide a safe route to work and landscape buffers create attractive, vibrant and liveable communities".
Chapter 16 - Aim 2. The natural environment, conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected
We welcome the commitment to the provision and maintenance of green infrastructure for the benefit of wildlife and local communities as set out in the principles of this chapter as well as the recognition of the importance of designated nature conservation sites and biodiversity.
Chapter 21 - Aim 7. Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people
We strongly support the scope and content of this chapter in promoting the maintenance and use of greenspace for the health and wellbeing of the community.

Comment

Open Spaces Strategy

Chapter 6: The Benefits of Open Space

Representation ID: 1205

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We welcome the inclusion of this chapter explaining the benefits of open spaces for the community and also their wider benefits as listed in paragraph 6.4. It helps to clarify why the open spaces strategy is necessary and supports Natural England's findings on accessible natural greenspace

Full text:

Planning Consultation: Harborough District Council Draft Open Spaces Strategy
Thank you for your consultation on the above document which was received by Natural England on 7 August 2015.
Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development.
Natural England welcomes Harborough District Council's initiative to update its Open Spaces Strategy. We also welcome the opportunity to comment on the draft before it is finalised and published. Our comments on specific aspects of the draft strategy are added below.
Chapter 3 - What the Open Spaces Strategy will do
We support the commitment in paragraph 3.3.1 to prevent the loss of open space sites and prevent the loss of access to open space for recreation. We strongly support the commitment to ensure that new, good quality open spaces are planned for and delivered in a timely way to meet the current and future health and recreational needs of the community they serve as outlined in paragraph 3.4.1. We are encouraged by the recognition in paragraph 3.5.1 that accessible greenspace is beneficial to wildlife as well as communities by providing valuable wildlife habitat. The proposal to ensure that new greenspace is integrated with existing greenspace to provide a coherent network of green infrastructure is also very welcome (paragraph 3.7.2).
Chapter 5 - Strategy Vision
As indicated in our previous consultation response of 7 April, we support the Strategy Vision, particularly aims 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 as listed below:
Aim 1 - To provide and maintain appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations;
Aim 2 - Conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected;
Aim 3 - To ensure open spaces are safe and litter free;
Aim 4 - Voluntary groups are supported to use and manage open spaces;
Aim 7 - Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people.
Chapter 6 - The Benefits of Open Space
We welcome the inclusion of this chapter explaining the benefits of open spaces for the community and also their wider benefits as listed in paragraph 6.4. It helps to clarify why the open spaces strategy is necessary and supports Natural England's findings on accessible natural greenspace as set out below:
Page 2 of 3
Accessible Natural Greenspace Standard (ANGSt)
Natural greenspaces are important to our quality of life, providing a wide range of benefits for people and the environment. Evidence shows that access to natural greenspaces for fresh air, exercise and quiet contemplation, has benefits for both physical and mental health. Research provides good evidence of reductions in levels of heart disease, obesity and depression where people live close to greenspaces.
In addition to their potential ecological value, greenspaces also help us adapt to changes in climate through their role in reducing the risk of flooding and by cooling the local environment. Where trees are present they also act as filters for air pollution.
Natural England has published information on access to good quality natural greenspace "Nature Nearby: Accessible Natural Greenspace Guidance" to help make this a reality. It describes the amount, quality and level of visitor services that may be required. ANGS standards indicate that everyone, wherever they live, should have accessible natural greenspace:
 of at least 2 hectares in size, no more than 300 metres (5 minutes' walk) from home;
 at least one accessible 20 hectare site within two kilometres of home;
 one accessible 100 hectare site within five kilometres of home; and
 one accessible 500 hectare site within ten kilometres of home; plus
 a minimum of one hectare of statutory Local Nature Reserves per thousand population.
Chapter 7 - Harborough District: Spatial Portrait and Open Space
We welcome the section on Biodiversity and the reference to nature conservation sites including Tilton Cutting Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in paragraph 7.7.1. We also welcome the reference to the impacts of road traffic on climate change and air quality and the mitigating effects which accessible natural greenspace can have.
Chapter 8 - Current provision of Open Space in Harborough District
We strongly support the concept of Green Corridors or Greenways as defined in this chapter. We welcome the commitment to open space provision as an integral part of any new development, largely in proportion to the size of the development.
Chapter 15 - Aim 1. The provision and maintenance of appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations
We welcome the importance attached to green infrastructure provision in the following statement from paragraph 15.2 - "Green infrastructure can also serve as a green lung, a wildlife corridor to allow access to nature. It can provide a safe route to work and landscape buffers create attractive, vibrant and liveable communities".
Chapter 16 - Aim 2. The natural environment, conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected
We welcome the commitment to the provision and maintenance of green infrastructure for the benefit of wildlife and local communities as set out in the principles of this chapter as well as the recognition of the importance of designated nature conservation sites and biodiversity.
Chapter 21 - Aim 7. Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people
We strongly support the scope and content of this chapter in promoting the maintenance and use of greenspace for the health and wellbeing of the community.

Comment

Open Spaces Strategy

Chapter 7: Harborough District: Spatial Portrait and Open Space

Representation ID: 1206

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We welcome the section on Biodiversity and the reference to nature conservation sites including Tilton Cutting Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in paragraph 7.7.1. We also welcome the reference to the impacts of road traffic on climate change and air quality and the mitigating effects which accessible natural greenspace can have.

Full text:

Planning Consultation: Harborough District Council Draft Open Spaces Strategy
Thank you for your consultation on the above document which was received by Natural England on 7 August 2015.
Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development.
Natural England welcomes Harborough District Council's initiative to update its Open Spaces Strategy. We also welcome the opportunity to comment on the draft before it is finalised and published. Our comments on specific aspects of the draft strategy are added below.
Chapter 3 - What the Open Spaces Strategy will do
We support the commitment in paragraph 3.3.1 to prevent the loss of open space sites and prevent the loss of access to open space for recreation. We strongly support the commitment to ensure that new, good quality open spaces are planned for and delivered in a timely way to meet the current and future health and recreational needs of the community they serve as outlined in paragraph 3.4.1. We are encouraged by the recognition in paragraph 3.5.1 that accessible greenspace is beneficial to wildlife as well as communities by providing valuable wildlife habitat. The proposal to ensure that new greenspace is integrated with existing greenspace to provide a coherent network of green infrastructure is also very welcome (paragraph 3.7.2).
Chapter 5 - Strategy Vision
As indicated in our previous consultation response of 7 April, we support the Strategy Vision, particularly aims 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 as listed below:
Aim 1 - To provide and maintain appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations;
Aim 2 - Conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected;
Aim 3 - To ensure open spaces are safe and litter free;
Aim 4 - Voluntary groups are supported to use and manage open spaces;
Aim 7 - Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people.
Chapter 6 - The Benefits of Open Space
We welcome the inclusion of this chapter explaining the benefits of open spaces for the community and also their wider benefits as listed in paragraph 6.4. It helps to clarify why the open spaces strategy is necessary and supports Natural England's findings on accessible natural greenspace as set out below:
Page 2 of 3
Accessible Natural Greenspace Standard (ANGSt)
Natural greenspaces are important to our quality of life, providing a wide range of benefits for people and the environment. Evidence shows that access to natural greenspaces for fresh air, exercise and quiet contemplation, has benefits for both physical and mental health. Research provides good evidence of reductions in levels of heart disease, obesity and depression where people live close to greenspaces.
In addition to their potential ecological value, greenspaces also help us adapt to changes in climate through their role in reducing the risk of flooding and by cooling the local environment. Where trees are present they also act as filters for air pollution.
Natural England has published information on access to good quality natural greenspace "Nature Nearby: Accessible Natural Greenspace Guidance" to help make this a reality. It describes the amount, quality and level of visitor services that may be required. ANGS standards indicate that everyone, wherever they live, should have accessible natural greenspace:
 of at least 2 hectares in size, no more than 300 metres (5 minutes' walk) from home;
 at least one accessible 20 hectare site within two kilometres of home;
 one accessible 100 hectare site within five kilometres of home; and
 one accessible 500 hectare site within ten kilometres of home; plus
 a minimum of one hectare of statutory Local Nature Reserves per thousand population.
Chapter 7 - Harborough District: Spatial Portrait and Open Space
We welcome the section on Biodiversity and the reference to nature conservation sites including Tilton Cutting Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in paragraph 7.7.1. We also welcome the reference to the impacts of road traffic on climate change and air quality and the mitigating effects which accessible natural greenspace can have.
Chapter 8 - Current provision of Open Space in Harborough District
We strongly support the concept of Green Corridors or Greenways as defined in this chapter. We welcome the commitment to open space provision as an integral part of any new development, largely in proportion to the size of the development.
Chapter 15 - Aim 1. The provision and maintenance of appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations
We welcome the importance attached to green infrastructure provision in the following statement from paragraph 15.2 - "Green infrastructure can also serve as a green lung, a wildlife corridor to allow access to nature. It can provide a safe route to work and landscape buffers create attractive, vibrant and liveable communities".
Chapter 16 - Aim 2. The natural environment, conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected
We welcome the commitment to the provision and maintenance of green infrastructure for the benefit of wildlife and local communities as set out in the principles of this chapter as well as the recognition of the importance of designated nature conservation sites and biodiversity.
Chapter 21 - Aim 7. Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people
We strongly support the scope and content of this chapter in promoting the maintenance and use of greenspace for the health and wellbeing of the community.

Comment

Open Spaces Strategy

Chapter 8: Current provision of Open Space in Harborough District

Representation ID: 1207

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We strongly support the concept of Green Corridors or Greenways as defined in this chapter. We welcome the commitment to open space provision as an integral part of any new development, largely in proportion to the size of the development

Full text:

Planning Consultation: Harborough District Council Draft Open Spaces Strategy
Thank you for your consultation on the above document which was received by Natural England on 7 August 2015.
Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development.
Natural England welcomes Harborough District Council's initiative to update its Open Spaces Strategy. We also welcome the opportunity to comment on the draft before it is finalised and published. Our comments on specific aspects of the draft strategy are added below.
Chapter 3 - What the Open Spaces Strategy will do
We support the commitment in paragraph 3.3.1 to prevent the loss of open space sites and prevent the loss of access to open space for recreation. We strongly support the commitment to ensure that new, good quality open spaces are planned for and delivered in a timely way to meet the current and future health and recreational needs of the community they serve as outlined in paragraph 3.4.1. We are encouraged by the recognition in paragraph 3.5.1 that accessible greenspace is beneficial to wildlife as well as communities by providing valuable wildlife habitat. The proposal to ensure that new greenspace is integrated with existing greenspace to provide a coherent network of green infrastructure is also very welcome (paragraph 3.7.2).
Chapter 5 - Strategy Vision
As indicated in our previous consultation response of 7 April, we support the Strategy Vision, particularly aims 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 as listed below:
Aim 1 - To provide and maintain appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations;
Aim 2 - Conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected;
Aim 3 - To ensure open spaces are safe and litter free;
Aim 4 - Voluntary groups are supported to use and manage open spaces;
Aim 7 - Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people.
Chapter 6 - The Benefits of Open Space
We welcome the inclusion of this chapter explaining the benefits of open spaces for the community and also their wider benefits as listed in paragraph 6.4. It helps to clarify why the open spaces strategy is necessary and supports Natural England's findings on accessible natural greenspace as set out below:
Page 2 of 3
Accessible Natural Greenspace Standard (ANGSt)
Natural greenspaces are important to our quality of life, providing a wide range of benefits for people and the environment. Evidence shows that access to natural greenspaces for fresh air, exercise and quiet contemplation, has benefits for both physical and mental health. Research provides good evidence of reductions in levels of heart disease, obesity and depression where people live close to greenspaces.
In addition to their potential ecological value, greenspaces also help us adapt to changes in climate through their role in reducing the risk of flooding and by cooling the local environment. Where trees are present they also act as filters for air pollution.
Natural England has published information on access to good quality natural greenspace "Nature Nearby: Accessible Natural Greenspace Guidance" to help make this a reality. It describes the amount, quality and level of visitor services that may be required. ANGS standards indicate that everyone, wherever they live, should have accessible natural greenspace:
 of at least 2 hectares in size, no more than 300 metres (5 minutes' walk) from home;
 at least one accessible 20 hectare site within two kilometres of home;
 one accessible 100 hectare site within five kilometres of home; and
 one accessible 500 hectare site within ten kilometres of home; plus
 a minimum of one hectare of statutory Local Nature Reserves per thousand population.
Chapter 7 - Harborough District: Spatial Portrait and Open Space
We welcome the section on Biodiversity and the reference to nature conservation sites including Tilton Cutting Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in paragraph 7.7.1. We also welcome the reference to the impacts of road traffic on climate change and air quality and the mitigating effects which accessible natural greenspace can have.
Chapter 8 - Current provision of Open Space in Harborough District
We strongly support the concept of Green Corridors or Greenways as defined in this chapter. We welcome the commitment to open space provision as an integral part of any new development, largely in proportion to the size of the development.
Chapter 15 - Aim 1. The provision and maintenance of appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations
We welcome the importance attached to green infrastructure provision in the following statement from paragraph 15.2 - "Green infrastructure can also serve as a green lung, a wildlife corridor to allow access to nature. It can provide a safe route to work and landscape buffers create attractive, vibrant and liveable communities".
Chapter 16 - Aim 2. The natural environment, conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected
We welcome the commitment to the provision and maintenance of green infrastructure for the benefit of wildlife and local communities as set out in the principles of this chapter as well as the recognition of the importance of designated nature conservation sites and biodiversity.
Chapter 21 - Aim 7. Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people
We strongly support the scope and content of this chapter in promoting the maintenance and use of greenspace for the health and wellbeing of the community.

Comment

Open Spaces Strategy

Chapter 15: Aim 1.The provision and maintenance of appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations

Representation ID: 1208

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We welcome the importance attached to green infrastructure provision in the following statement from paragraph 15.2 - "Green infrastructure can also serve as a green lung, a wildlife corridor to allow access to nature. It can provide a safe route to work and landscape buffers create attractive, vibrant and liveable communities".

Full text:

Planning Consultation: Harborough District Council Draft Open Spaces Strategy
Thank you for your consultation on the above document which was received by Natural England on 7 August 2015.
Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development.
Natural England welcomes Harborough District Council's initiative to update its Open Spaces Strategy. We also welcome the opportunity to comment on the draft before it is finalised and published. Our comments on specific aspects of the draft strategy are added below.
Chapter 3 - What the Open Spaces Strategy will do
We support the commitment in paragraph 3.3.1 to prevent the loss of open space sites and prevent the loss of access to open space for recreation. We strongly support the commitment to ensure that new, good quality open spaces are planned for and delivered in a timely way to meet the current and future health and recreational needs of the community they serve as outlined in paragraph 3.4.1. We are encouraged by the recognition in paragraph 3.5.1 that accessible greenspace is beneficial to wildlife as well as communities by providing valuable wildlife habitat. The proposal to ensure that new greenspace is integrated with existing greenspace to provide a coherent network of green infrastructure is also very welcome (paragraph 3.7.2).
Chapter 5 - Strategy Vision
As indicated in our previous consultation response of 7 April, we support the Strategy Vision, particularly aims 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 as listed below:
Aim 1 - To provide and maintain appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations;
Aim 2 - Conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected;
Aim 3 - To ensure open spaces are safe and litter free;
Aim 4 - Voluntary groups are supported to use and manage open spaces;
Aim 7 - Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people.
Chapter 6 - The Benefits of Open Space
We welcome the inclusion of this chapter explaining the benefits of open spaces for the community and also their wider benefits as listed in paragraph 6.4. It helps to clarify why the open spaces strategy is necessary and supports Natural England's findings on accessible natural greenspace as set out below:
Page 2 of 3
Accessible Natural Greenspace Standard (ANGSt)
Natural greenspaces are important to our quality of life, providing a wide range of benefits for people and the environment. Evidence shows that access to natural greenspaces for fresh air, exercise and quiet contemplation, has benefits for both physical and mental health. Research provides good evidence of reductions in levels of heart disease, obesity and depression where people live close to greenspaces.
In addition to their potential ecological value, greenspaces also help us adapt to changes in climate through their role in reducing the risk of flooding and by cooling the local environment. Where trees are present they also act as filters for air pollution.
Natural England has published information on access to good quality natural greenspace "Nature Nearby: Accessible Natural Greenspace Guidance" to help make this a reality. It describes the amount, quality and level of visitor services that may be required. ANGS standards indicate that everyone, wherever they live, should have accessible natural greenspace:
 of at least 2 hectares in size, no more than 300 metres (5 minutes' walk) from home;
 at least one accessible 20 hectare site within two kilometres of home;
 one accessible 100 hectare site within five kilometres of home; and
 one accessible 500 hectare site within ten kilometres of home; plus
 a minimum of one hectare of statutory Local Nature Reserves per thousand population.
Chapter 7 - Harborough District: Spatial Portrait and Open Space
We welcome the section on Biodiversity and the reference to nature conservation sites including Tilton Cutting Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in paragraph 7.7.1. We also welcome the reference to the impacts of road traffic on climate change and air quality and the mitigating effects which accessible natural greenspace can have.
Chapter 8 - Current provision of Open Space in Harborough District
We strongly support the concept of Green Corridors or Greenways as defined in this chapter. We welcome the commitment to open space provision as an integral part of any new development, largely in proportion to the size of the development.
Chapter 15 - Aim 1. The provision and maintenance of appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations
We welcome the importance attached to green infrastructure provision in the following statement from paragraph 15.2 - "Green infrastructure can also serve as a green lung, a wildlife corridor to allow access to nature. It can provide a safe route to work and landscape buffers create attractive, vibrant and liveable communities".
Chapter 16 - Aim 2. The natural environment, conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected
We welcome the commitment to the provision and maintenance of green infrastructure for the benefit of wildlife and local communities as set out in the principles of this chapter as well as the recognition of the importance of designated nature conservation sites and biodiversity.
Chapter 21 - Aim 7. Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people
We strongly support the scope and content of this chapter in promoting the maintenance and use of greenspace for the health and wellbeing of the community.

Comment

Open Spaces Strategy

Chapter 16: Aim 2. The natural environment, conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected

Representation ID: 1209

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We welcome the commitment to the provision and maintenance of green infrastructure for the benefit of wildlife and local communities as set out in the principles of this chapter as well as the recognition of the importance of designated nature conservation sites and biodiversity.

Full text:

Planning Consultation: Harborough District Council Draft Open Spaces Strategy
Thank you for your consultation on the above document which was received by Natural England on 7 August 2015.
Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development.
Natural England welcomes Harborough District Council's initiative to update its Open Spaces Strategy. We also welcome the opportunity to comment on the draft before it is finalised and published. Our comments on specific aspects of the draft strategy are added below.
Chapter 3 - What the Open Spaces Strategy will do
We support the commitment in paragraph 3.3.1 to prevent the loss of open space sites and prevent the loss of access to open space for recreation. We strongly support the commitment to ensure that new, good quality open spaces are planned for and delivered in a timely way to meet the current and future health and recreational needs of the community they serve as outlined in paragraph 3.4.1. We are encouraged by the recognition in paragraph 3.5.1 that accessible greenspace is beneficial to wildlife as well as communities by providing valuable wildlife habitat. The proposal to ensure that new greenspace is integrated with existing greenspace to provide a coherent network of green infrastructure is also very welcome (paragraph 3.7.2).
Chapter 5 - Strategy Vision
As indicated in our previous consultation response of 7 April, we support the Strategy Vision, particularly aims 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 as listed below:
Aim 1 - To provide and maintain appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations;
Aim 2 - Conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected;
Aim 3 - To ensure open spaces are safe and litter free;
Aim 4 - Voluntary groups are supported to use and manage open spaces;
Aim 7 - Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people.
Chapter 6 - The Benefits of Open Space
We welcome the inclusion of this chapter explaining the benefits of open spaces for the community and also their wider benefits as listed in paragraph 6.4. It helps to clarify why the open spaces strategy is necessary and supports Natural England's findings on accessible natural greenspace as set out below:
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Accessible Natural Greenspace Standard (ANGSt)
Natural greenspaces are important to our quality of life, providing a wide range of benefits for people and the environment. Evidence shows that access to natural greenspaces for fresh air, exercise and quiet contemplation, has benefits for both physical and mental health. Research provides good evidence of reductions in levels of heart disease, obesity and depression where people live close to greenspaces.
In addition to their potential ecological value, greenspaces also help us adapt to changes in climate through their role in reducing the risk of flooding and by cooling the local environment. Where trees are present they also act as filters for air pollution.
Natural England has published information on access to good quality natural greenspace "Nature Nearby: Accessible Natural Greenspace Guidance" to help make this a reality. It describes the amount, quality and level of visitor services that may be required. ANGS standards indicate that everyone, wherever they live, should have accessible natural greenspace:
 of at least 2 hectares in size, no more than 300 metres (5 minutes' walk) from home;
 at least one accessible 20 hectare site within two kilometres of home;
 one accessible 100 hectare site within five kilometres of home; and
 one accessible 500 hectare site within ten kilometres of home; plus
 a minimum of one hectare of statutory Local Nature Reserves per thousand population.
Chapter 7 - Harborough District: Spatial Portrait and Open Space
We welcome the section on Biodiversity and the reference to nature conservation sites including Tilton Cutting Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in paragraph 7.7.1. We also welcome the reference to the impacts of road traffic on climate change and air quality and the mitigating effects which accessible natural greenspace can have.
Chapter 8 - Current provision of Open Space in Harborough District
We strongly support the concept of Green Corridors or Greenways as defined in this chapter. We welcome the commitment to open space provision as an integral part of any new development, largely in proportion to the size of the development.
Chapter 15 - Aim 1. The provision and maintenance of appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations
We welcome the importance attached to green infrastructure provision in the following statement from paragraph 15.2 - "Green infrastructure can also serve as a green lung, a wildlife corridor to allow access to nature. It can provide a safe route to work and landscape buffers create attractive, vibrant and liveable communities".
Chapter 16 - Aim 2. The natural environment, conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected
We welcome the commitment to the provision and maintenance of green infrastructure for the benefit of wildlife and local communities as set out in the principles of this chapter as well as the recognition of the importance of designated nature conservation sites and biodiversity.
Chapter 21 - Aim 7. Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people
We strongly support the scope and content of this chapter in promoting the maintenance and use of greenspace for the health and wellbeing of the community.

Comment

Open Spaces Strategy

Chapter 21: Aim 7. Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people

Representation ID: 1210

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We strongly support the scope and content of this chapter in promoting the maintenance and use of greenspace for the health and wellbeing of the community.

Full text:

Planning Consultation: Harborough District Council Draft Open Spaces Strategy
Thank you for your consultation on the above document which was received by Natural England on 7 August 2015.
Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development.
Natural England welcomes Harborough District Council's initiative to update its Open Spaces Strategy. We also welcome the opportunity to comment on the draft before it is finalised and published. Our comments on specific aspects of the draft strategy are added below.
Chapter 3 - What the Open Spaces Strategy will do
We support the commitment in paragraph 3.3.1 to prevent the loss of open space sites and prevent the loss of access to open space for recreation. We strongly support the commitment to ensure that new, good quality open spaces are planned for and delivered in a timely way to meet the current and future health and recreational needs of the community they serve as outlined in paragraph 3.4.1. We are encouraged by the recognition in paragraph 3.5.1 that accessible greenspace is beneficial to wildlife as well as communities by providing valuable wildlife habitat. The proposal to ensure that new greenspace is integrated with existing greenspace to provide a coherent network of green infrastructure is also very welcome (paragraph 3.7.2).
Chapter 5 - Strategy Vision
As indicated in our previous consultation response of 7 April, we support the Strategy Vision, particularly aims 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 as listed below:
Aim 1 - To provide and maintain appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations;
Aim 2 - Conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected;
Aim 3 - To ensure open spaces are safe and litter free;
Aim 4 - Voluntary groups are supported to use and manage open spaces;
Aim 7 - Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people.
Chapter 6 - The Benefits of Open Space
We welcome the inclusion of this chapter explaining the benefits of open spaces for the community and also their wider benefits as listed in paragraph 6.4. It helps to clarify why the open spaces strategy is necessary and supports Natural England's findings on accessible natural greenspace as set out below:
Page 2 of 3
Accessible Natural Greenspace Standard (ANGSt)
Natural greenspaces are important to our quality of life, providing a wide range of benefits for people and the environment. Evidence shows that access to natural greenspaces for fresh air, exercise and quiet contemplation, has benefits for both physical and mental health. Research provides good evidence of reductions in levels of heart disease, obesity and depression where people live close to greenspaces.
In addition to their potential ecological value, greenspaces also help us adapt to changes in climate through their role in reducing the risk of flooding and by cooling the local environment. Where trees are present they also act as filters for air pollution.
Natural England has published information on access to good quality natural greenspace "Nature Nearby: Accessible Natural Greenspace Guidance" to help make this a reality. It describes the amount, quality and level of visitor services that may be required. ANGS standards indicate that everyone, wherever they live, should have accessible natural greenspace:
 of at least 2 hectares in size, no more than 300 metres (5 minutes' walk) from home;
 at least one accessible 20 hectare site within two kilometres of home;
 one accessible 100 hectare site within five kilometres of home; and
 one accessible 500 hectare site within ten kilometres of home; plus
 a minimum of one hectare of statutory Local Nature Reserves per thousand population.
Chapter 7 - Harborough District: Spatial Portrait and Open Space
We welcome the section on Biodiversity and the reference to nature conservation sites including Tilton Cutting Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in paragraph 7.7.1. We also welcome the reference to the impacts of road traffic on climate change and air quality and the mitigating effects which accessible natural greenspace can have.
Chapter 8 - Current provision of Open Space in Harborough District
We strongly support the concept of Green Corridors or Greenways as defined in this chapter. We welcome the commitment to open space provision as an integral part of any new development, largely in proportion to the size of the development.
Chapter 15 - Aim 1. The provision and maintenance of appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations
We welcome the importance attached to green infrastructure provision in the following statement from paragraph 15.2 - "Green infrastructure can also serve as a green lung, a wildlife corridor to allow access to nature. It can provide a safe route to work and landscape buffers create attractive, vibrant and liveable communities".
Chapter 16 - Aim 2. The natural environment, conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected
We welcome the commitment to the provision and maintenance of green infrastructure for the benefit of wildlife and local communities as set out in the principles of this chapter as well as the recognition of the importance of designated nature conservation sites and biodiversity.
Chapter 21 - Aim 7. Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people
We strongly support the scope and content of this chapter in promoting the maintenance and use of greenspace for the health and wellbeing of the community.

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